From the Headmaster
WELCOME TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all members of the Trinity community as we embark upon a new school year. In particular, the new students and families who are joining our community for the first time.
I would like to especially welcome the following new members of staff who are commencing at the College this year:
Candice Brown, Timothy Carslaw, Brittany Edgar, Adelaide Garland, Ben Gianatti, Peter Harper, Travis Nederpelt, Andrew Martin, Anjelica Mallis, Rebecca Porter, Taylor Turco and Laura Walker.
The start of the school year began very smoothly with our new students all settling in well.
It has been a busy set of holidays with a lot of work being achieved. The larger projects included the completion of renovation to the Junior School, including a revamp of toilets and a STEM room, a new Head of Year Office and an extension to the Mary Rice centre.
I thank Mr Michael Burgess, Mr Ross Beatson, Mr Alex Terry and the team of staff who have ensured that these projects were ready for the new school year. This extensive Capital Improvement program comes at a significant cost, and I thank those families who have readily agreed to support our Building Fund Appeal.
YEAR 12 2017 ATAR RESULTS
In 2017, 131 Trinity students were awarded an ATAR, with 53 of those students (40% of our ATAR candidates) achieving an ATAR of 90 or higher, which places them in the top 10% of the State. Another 34 students (26% of our ATAR candidates) achieved an ATAR of between 80 and 90, which means that 66% of our ATAR students gained an ATAR that would give them entry to UWA.
At a glance;
• 40% of ATAR candidates achieved an ATAR above 90
• 66% of ATAR candidates achieved an ATAR of above 80
• Median ATAR was 86.65
• 16 students gained entry to the ’97 Club’ for achieving an ATAR of 97 or higher.
• 4 students achieved an ATAR of 99 or above, placing them in the top 1% of the State.
It was pleasing to see that in the Median ATAR Table published by the Schools’ Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) we were the third best PSA school. Obviously, this is just one particular perspective of the data that they publish, and schools are much more complex than ATAR results, but this result is certainly worth celebrating.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate all our students on their efforts. We look forward to acknowledging the newest members of the 97 club at our first assembly next week.
YEAR 12 AND GOLDEN HERITAGE CLUB MASS
Yesterday, the members of the Golden Heritage Club joined with our Year 12 students for their opening Mass. This group of gentlemen all left the College more than 50 years ago but still value their connection to the College. A large number of parents were also able to join us for Morning Tea. I thank Ms Diane Millar for organising the Golden Heritage club activities.
OPENING SCHOOL MASS
This morning we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit to commence the new school year and I thank Fra Oscar for celebrating this for us. I remind all parents that you are most welcome to attend all school liturgies. Details about school and year group Masses can be found in the College calendar.
YEAR 12 PARENT INFORMATION EVENING
On Wednesday, the Year 12 Parent Information Evening was held in Gibney Hall. This provided vital information to ensure a successful year. It was good to see the students accompany their parents to this event.
As part of an upgrade to the parent portal section of SEQTA, parents should have received an email today from the College titled ‘Welcome to SEQTA Engage’. In the body of the email is a link which reads ‘Set up your account now’. When you click on this link it takes you to a screen where you can choose your own username and password and then log in to SEQTA Engage. The process is very simple.
Whilst we apologise to our current parents who already had access to the parent portal, this new upgrade will make your access much easier. It will also now be much easier for you to access SEQTA Engage if you forget your username or password.
Another feature of this new upgrade is that each parent now has their own separate SEQTA Engage account.
Should you encounter any problems logging on to SEQTA Engage, please contact Trinity IT Support on 9223 8161.
THE BOY BRAIN
We are excited to be launching a new resource for parents, – The Boy Brain. The Boy Brain is a blog that will not be Trinity-specific, but will instead address the joys and challenges related to the parenting, education and wellbeing of adolescent boys. We have been working with a number of well-known experts in these areas and look forward to sharing their advice and wisdom on our blog in the coming weeks. If there are any specific topics you would like us to cover, please email email@example.com.
PUPIL FREE DAY
On Friday, 16 February all our staff will be inserviced by the Catholic Education Office about a Protective Behaviour Curriculum that is being implemented in all Catholic Schools across the State. As a consequence, this day will be a Pupil Free Day.
A reminder that we start each year with a Sundowner hosted by the Parent Council. This year this is scheduled for Friday, 16 February from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other families from the College and is always well attended. Please keep the date free and look out for further details attached to this newsletter. I thank the Parent Council for initiating this event. A flyer for this event can be found here.
Whilst talking about the wonderful contribution that our parents make – I thank the parents and the Auxiliary who co-ordinated and served morning tea last Wednesday morning – it was a tremendous way to welcome new families into our community.
TUITION FEE RAFFLE
The Trinity College Parent Council is excited to announce that the 2018 Tuition Fee Raffle is now open! Tickets can be purchased from: https://www.trybooking.com/TAZY Enter for your chance to to win 2018 tuition fees paid in full.
Tickets will be available from Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 12:00pm AWST until Friday, 6 April 2018 at 11:59pm AWST (unless sold out prior to this time). Only 1000 tickets are available. The prize will be drawn at Trinity College on Monday, 9 April 2018 at 12:00pm AWST.
Please see the website for the full terms and conditions.
I ask all parents to support our Uniform expectations and make sure that your son is wearing the correct uniform especially in regard to the white shirt. The College gave a 12 month phase in period and from 2018 the white shirt is the only one allowed to be worn.
I acknowledge our staff in our Uniform shop who do a wonderful job of welcoming our new families and outfitting all our students. Their opening times this term are:
- Tuesday from 7:30am to 4:30pm
- Friday 7:30am to 1:30pm
TERM 1, WEEK 2
Monday, 5 February
- 9:00am Auxiliary Meeting
Tuesday, 6 February
- 8:40am College Assembly (Year4-12)
- 5:30pm Parent Council Meeting
Thursday, 8 February
- TC v WC
- Year 7 World of Maths
Friday, 9 February
- 8:00am Mass
- TC v WC
- 8:50am Junior School Opening Mass and Presentation of Leadership Badges
Junior School News
WELCOME TO THE 2018 SCHOOL YEAR
I would like to welcome all families, both new and old, to the 2018 academic school year. The boys have settled in well and we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
You will have noticed that the Junior School underwent a significant refurbishment during the holidays. The refurbishment included the administration, library, toilets, two classrooms and a new STEM room. We are very excited about the educational opportunities for the boys due to our new dedicated resource rich STEM room.
On behalf of the Trinity College Community I would like to welcome Miss Adelaide Garland, who is teaching Aquatics this year, Miss Taylor Turco, who is working in Year 5 Green and Mrs Ella Spencer, who is working in Junior School Administration on Monday and Thursday, sharing with Mrs Bush. I hope your time in the Junior School is rewarding.
TERM 1 CALENDAR AND JUNIOR SCHOOL SIGNIFICANT DATES
A hard copy of the Term 1 Calendar has been sent home today. Also, you should have already received an electronic copy of the Calendar and the 2018 Significant Dates information sheet. Please keep the information in a prominent place and take note of all upcoming Junior School special events.
The majority of communication from the school to parents is via email. If you have not received any email messages from Sharon Bush, please forward your email address to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also if your phone number or address changes, please let the College know so that we can update our records.
The College will be holding a Welcome Assembly on Tuesday, 6 February, commencing at 8:40am. There is a lovely tradition where the new students to the College are piped in to the Sports Centre at the commencement of the assembly.
Summer Sport fixtures for Boys in Years 5 and 6 begin on Thursday, 8 February with our first fixture against Wesley.
The Junior School Swimming Carnival will take place on Tuesday, 13 February here in the College pool (known as the Curtis Aquatic Centre). Events will be run in year levels commencing with Year 4 at 8:40am; Year 5 at 10:50am and Year 6 at 1.00pm. Parents and friends are welcome to come along to support the boys.
EARLY NOTICE – STUDENT FREE DAY
On Friday, 17 February, the whole college has a student free day. The staff are undergoing Professional Development run by Catholic Education Western Australia about a Protective Behaviour Curriculum that is being implemented in all Catholic Schools across the State.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Tuesday, 6 February
Thursday, 8 February
Friday, 9 February
Tuesday, 13 February
Wednesday, 14 February
Mr Martin Tucker ('87) | Head of Junior School
BEFORE SCHOOL SPECIALISED PROFESSIONAL TENNIS COACHING @ TRINITY
- Commences Friday, 5 February 7:45am-8:30am (9yrs-12yrs)
- 8 week program
- To enquire or enroll your child please contact Brendan, Head Coach of Trinity Tennis on email@example.com or 0401 565 051.
Secondary School News
Parents of Year 8 and 9 students are asked to keep the evening of Tuesday, 13 February free in your diary. Trinity College will be hosting Guest Speaker Greg Mitchell from 7:00pm – 8:30pm in Gibney Hall. Greg is a well-known leader in education in Australia, as-well as being an enthusiastic and engaging presenter. He will be presenting on “Understanding Adolescent Boys” which looks at the
- identity and
- family issues that students in this age group experience
This is a great opportunity for you as a parent, to listen to an experienced educator as well as discuss with other parents the trials of being a parent of adolescent boys. We encourage all parents to make the effort to come along. You can download the event flyer here.
Please RSVP your attendance to your Head of Year by Friday, 9 February.
Amanda Marocchi | Head of Year 8 | Mathematics Teacher
GIG AND BIG NEW MEMBERS
Guys In Groove (GIG) & Boys In Groove (BIG) are recruiting and are on the look out for new members. Classes are held each week focusing on technique, style, performance, confidence and fun in various styles of commercial hip hop/funk/street dance. Students in Years 7 to 12 who are interested in becoming a member of GIG can register on Tuesday, 6 February at 7:45am (Braham Auditorium) and will endure a short class with information following. Boys in Year 4 are required to attend on Thursday, 8 February at 7:45am (Braham Auditorium) and Years 5 & 6 on Friday, 9 February at 7:45am (Gibney Hall). All welcome.
Paula Nicoletto | Dance Teacher
COLLEGE AUXILIARY MEETING
The next College Auxiliary meeting is being held on Monday, 5 February at 9am in the Board Room. All parents and carers are welcome to attend.
Beverly Martinez | Community Coordinator
Welcome back to the start of year.
- Please call into the shop for any uniform requirements. The shop is open every Tuesday from 7:30am – 4:30pm and Friday from 7:30am – 1:30pm.
- All students in Year 7 – 12 need to be wearing our new college white shirt from now on. You can buy the shirts for $35.00 each or 3 for $90.00
- Socks are also sold in a bundle. College socks 3 for $20.00 and college sport socks 2 for $15.00.
- If don’t have time to come into the shop you can make an online order and your son can call in on any Tuesday or Friday for collection. All Trinity uniforms are now available on our Online Shop. If you are uncertain about what size, please just write in comments size up in store and we will fit the student for you.
- We are happy to have your feedback on our service, if you feel we can improve or if you have had an easier process in other schools please let us know. We are always happy to improve our system.
Judy Mackintosh | Uniform Shop Manager
TUITION FEE RAFFLE
The Trinity College Parent Council is excited to announce that the 2018 Tuition Fee Raffle is now open! Tickets can be purchased from: https://www.trybooking.com/TAZY Tickets will be available from Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 12:00pm AWST until Friday, 6 April 2018 at 11:59pm AWST (unless sold out prior to this time). Only 1000 tickets are available. The prize will be drawn at Trinity College on Monday, 9 April 2018 at 12:00pm AWST. Please see the website for the full terms and conditions.
Congratulations to Lachlan Loveridge (11.4) for his excellenct performance in the U19 State Track Cycling Championships. Lachlan won gold, silver and bronze medals in various categories. He is currently representing WA at the National Track Cycling Championships at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane - being the youngest selected West Australian to compete. We wish Lachlan all the best and are proud of his wonderful achievements so far.
AUSTRALIAN VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
On the 2-9th December Trinity College sent two teams to the Australian Volleyball Schools Championships in Melbourne. After winning the State Schools Championships, our top team qualified for the Open Honours Division. Only schools who have come first or second are allowed to compete in this division and is largely occupied by schools with specialist volleyball programmes. The game schedule was gruelling with two untimed games each day. After the first two days we managed to qualify for the medal rounds by being in the top 6 teams of the competition.
In the quarter finals we came up against the New Zealand Champions, Manurewa High School. It was a tough game with many lead changes in all three sets but we were unable to clinch the win going down by a difference of just two points in each set. The final game was against volleyball giants Heathfield, who have won the championship in the past. The game was incredibly close with small margins for error dictating play. Eventually Heathfield succumbed in the final set and Trinity were victorious. Overall, we finished 5th in Australia and turned many heads along the way with many compliments about the strength and quality of our school’s volleyball programme.
Many thanks must go to Mr Craig Adams and Ms Katie Rolston who coached the Year 11 development team. These boys were in a tough division and although they didn’t win a game, it was remarkable how much they improved and showed incredible mental toughness in the face of constant adversity.
Well done to all the boys who came on tour and congratulations on a job well done.
Bobby Emmanuel | Volleyball Manager
TRINITY ROWING QUIZ NIGHT
As you are aware, Trinity Rowing has their Quiz Night on Saturday, 10 February at 7pm in Gibney Hall. These nights are a great way to socialise with the rest of the TC Rowing community and to meet new friends! Tickets are to be purchased through the school Online Store under College Events. Tickets are $15 each or organise a table of 8 for $120. If you are purchasing individual tickets, we will endeavour to seat you with your son’s year group parents.
Food is BYO and all drinks must be purchased at the bar, which will have an eftpos machine. There is no BYO alcohol. Click here to download the event flyer.
We are also looking for some donations of fabulous items for our Silent Auction i.e. Vouchers, business services, appliances, hardware/gardening products, beauty items etc. If you are able to donate, can you please drop off at the Rowing Kitchen to Sam O'Connell advising it is for the Quiz Night. Any questions in regards to the Quiz night, please contact Julianne Blair via firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya and Mario Pisano have done an amazing job of putting together a selection of 14 photographs of our rowers printed on canvas that will also be part of the Silent Auction. A catalogue of these photos will be posted on Team App.
Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association
GOLDEN HERITAGE CLUB
The Golden Heritage Club was formed in 2011 to establish a forum where Old Boys that left CBC Perth and/or Trinity College fifty years ago (or more), could gather together with old mates and connect with their old School.
On Thursday the group united with Year 12 students to celebrate Mass followed by morning tea in the Staff Lounge where they exchanged stories with several Year 12 students.
We were fortunate to have Past Headmaster’s – Br John Carrigg and Tony Curtis (’56) attend the event along with Br Geoff Seaman.
Special thanks to College Chaplain – Fra Oscar Aguilera, Head of Year 12 – Mr Clint Testa, Year 12 students and the TC Canteen for looking after these wonderful gentlemen.
TOBA 20TH ANNUAL GOLF DAY
The TOBA Golf Day is open to members of the Trinity College community, friends, family and work colleagues. It’s a wonderful day and we encourage interested players to get involved. For further details, please contact the TOBA office on 9223 8132.
Diane Millar | Executive Officer | TOBA
CirQuest Circus is starting the new year with a bang! CirQuest HQ, in North Perth, is a FringeWorld Festival venue with a huge season of four fantastic circus shows for the whole family from February 1-11. CirQuest’s hugely popular circus classes for children and adults start on Monday, 12 February, so there’s still plenty of time to book!
CirQuest Circus classes have received a huge boost, with a grant from the Stronger Communities program, courtesy of local MP Tim Hammond, to purchase new equipment and make improvements to our non-profit association’s facilities. We can’t wait for you to come play with our new equipment with us!
Classees are held every day from Monday-Saturday, for ages 18 months up to adults of all ages. To find out more, go to https://www.cirquest.com.au/our-classes.
MARTIAL ARTS FOR KIDS - FREE 2 WEEK TRIAL
Help your child grow, develop and defend for themselves. Starting from 4 years up and specially designed programs just for kids. Visit ATI Martial Arts via their website www.atimartialarts.com.au or call Anthony on 0402 144 018 to make a booking today.